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Mission San Buenaventura

Founded by
Junipero Serra in March 31, 1782. Nicked named " Mission by the Sea". Named for Saint Bonaventure (John Fidanza), of Bagnoreggio, Etruria, Italy (The Seraphic Doctor). Ninth in the 21 California chain of missions. Partially destroyed by the earthquake in 1812, rebuilt in 1816. Located in the city of Ventura.

Early photo circa 1880


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Beautiful interior of the church
Father Serra
The mission court yard
Beautiful ornate doorway
Ox drawn grain mill